FWI Receives SEMMSA Safety Awards
Festus, Missouri - The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations Mine and Cave Safety and Health Program, along with the Southeast Missouri Mine Safety Association (SEMMSA), recognized 13 of its 30 members for their exemplary safety records and outstanding achievements in promoting safety in the workplace.
These awards were presented at the 2011 State Annual Mine Safety Awards banquet on April 19, 2012. Thirteen awards were given to the mining companies, smelting companies, and contracting companies that reported the most hours worked without a lost-time accident, and also to companies that had the most improved underground operations and surface mines.
Fred Weber, Inc. received a Mine Safety Award for its North Stone location in the Large Surface Mine category. North Stone had 64,490 hours without a lost-time accident in 2011. FWI Mine Safety Specialist and 2012 SEMMSA President Ken Harmon accepted the award on behalf of Fred Weber, Inc.
Other awards for Fred Weber, Inc. included:
- Fred Weber - 3rd Place, Contractor Category - Zero LTA’s (26,614 total hrs)
- IMTR - 3rd Place, Small Surface Mine - Zero LTA’s (15,367 total hrs)
- IMTR - 2nd Place, Large Surface Mill - Zero LTA’s (109,851 total hrs)
All Fred Weber locations had a zero fatality rate for 2011. Even more remarkable was that there were zero mine fatalities in the entire state of Missouri for 2011.
There are currently over 100 mining companies operating 180 active mines in the state of Missouri. Of those 100 companies, 30 are participants in the Missouri Mine Safety Association.
Congratulations to all the Mine Safety Award recipients.
Ken Harmon, Mine Safety Specialist at FWI and Les Thomas, Program Manager of the Mine and Cave Safety and Health Section
IMTR Superintendent Tim Tesh, Les Thomas, and IMTR Operator Phil Midgett